January is finally over! I’m not one for wishing time away but this has been one LOOONG month. And sadly, I didn’t read as much as I had hoped to in all this time. Going back to work and uni took its toll on my reading time, plus I’ve had a lot of headaches that have stopped me from reading even when I’ve had time. But the books I did read were, on the whole, fantastic!
Let’s take a look!
The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins
My first read of 2019 was this delightfully feminist middle-grade book. I loved the vivid descriptions and, of course, the musical subject matter was right up my street. There is some great diversity here and some surprisingly dark moments. A great start to the year!
Cuckoo by Sophie Draper
The first thriller I read this year is one of the best I’ve ever come across. This is a slow-burning and mysterious book, with heaps of atmosphere and plenty of twists and turns. I particularly loved the inclusion of the dark fairytales throughout the book.
The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola
A slow-burning, Gothic read, this one was incredibly absorbing. Mazzola did a great job of portraying a moment in history and all the misogyny that accompanied it.
Books from my TBR
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
I read this with the Dragons and Tea Book Club and I’m so glad I did. This is a fascinating book focusing on a mental health topic that is not often explored. I loved the format of the book and found the whole thing so clever. And getting to ask the author questions on Goodreads made it an even more special reading experience!
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
I felt such a connection with this quiet little book. I’m still thinking about the characters long after finishing it. Brunt tackles the subject of the AIDS epidemic with such tact. She has created a work of beauty in this book and I want everyone to read it.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
I read this book with my own book club this month and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I had been nervous about it as Beauty and the Beast retellings are starting to get a little overdone, but I loved the wintery Russian vibes in this one!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
This was one of the books I read for the 24in48 readathon and I really enjoyed it. It’s classic Gaiman, both dark and whimsical, with fantastic characters and moments of real wit.
Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman
Another book I read for 24in48, this was the only book I read in January that I didn’t enjoy. It felt extremely juvenile and there was nothing memorable about it, other than the animal cruelty.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My final read of the month was certainly a powerful one. I’m glad I finally picked this one up. I felt much more of a connection to it than I expected to, thanks in part to the author’s skill at writing dialogue. So deserving of the hype.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
I only managed one reread this month and it was this book that I haven’t read since my school days. It was fun to go back and remember what was so good about this book, as well as seeing how far we’ve come in the discussion about autism in the last few years.
Total pages: 3385
Average pages per day: 109
Longest book: The Hate U Give (438 pages)
Shortest book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (268 pages)
Favourite read of the month: Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Biggest disappointment of the month: Your Turn to Die
Male authors: 2
Female authors: 8
Well, that was January! How many books did you manage to read this month? What was your favourite? Let me know in the comments! And thanks for reading x